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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.
As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.
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Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more
State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing health issues facing America. As a result, every state must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's Association chapters across the nation work with state officials to determine regulatory and statutory standards for dementia training, provide access to respite care, designate spending for state long-term care services, control Medicaid spending, and in a variety of other ways to provide care and support for those facing this dreaded disease. Learn more
As we continue to implement Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan, this year we focus on two key areas:
- Continuing to fight abuse, neglect and exploitation of those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and
- Funding for Home and Community-based Services—especially to ensure that those still living in the community have access to the supports and services they need to remain in the community in their choice of home as long as possible
Specifically, our platform issues are to:
- Advocate for legislative and budget issues that help us to continue to implement the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan:
- To advocate for passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. A Power of Attorney is a low-cost, flexible means of granting decision-making authority to another person. Each principal can alter the default terms to create a document that fits their specific needs. This helps to protect Georgia’s vulnerable adults—especially those living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia—against abuse, neglect, or exploitation—by care providers, family, friends or others.
- Advocate for the budget to create key positions within state government to combat abuse, neglect and exploitation—and helps to build the case and prosecute the person who does victimize our vulnerable adults—especially those living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia:
- $110,753 for a GBI Forensic Auditor I to investigate allegations by following the paper trail and helping to build the case against those who financially exploit our vulnerable adults
- $223,923 for a GBI Special Agent I position to help to investigate allegations and build the case against those seeking to prey upon our vulnerable adults
- $144,362 for an Adult Abuse Neglect & Exploitation Prosecutor (AANEP)—this prosecutor will teach at prosecutor and law enforcement training sessions, at the request of the district attorney—will prosecute cases of abuse, neglect & exploitation of at-risk adults, and will support prosecutors by providing technical legal advice, assisting with trial preparation and prosecution of unique or complex Abuse Neglect, and Exploitation cases.
- Advocate for $10 Million dollars in the State Fiscal Year 2018 to fund non-Medicaid Home and Community-based Services (HCBS). These services fund adult day health, home-delivered meals, in-home services, transportation, personal assistance, and more. These services are especially important for those vulnerable adults—especially those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias who live alone.
Please also watch this training video to learn how to use the collateral when speaking to your legislators.
Thank you to the many advocates who attended this year!
Awareness Day at the Capitol
February 3, 2017
Thank you advocates!
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